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Have you seen the weather?

November 28th, 2010 · 1 Comment · biking, illness, local, morning, photo, wheels

Goodbye sun… at 3.10pm! We British are blessed with rather good weather considering our northerly position on our planet. This green and pleasant land arises from the fact that we have a temperate climate, warm and wet. Perhaps it is this tendency for moderate weather conditions that leads us to be so woefully under-prepared when […]

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Oh Nora!

November 6th, 2010 · 1 Comment · hair, health, illness

When I went to school a nurse would visit. She would check us all for nits. Or fleas if you prefer. I don’t recall anything of what was done afterwards were the little creatures to be found, all I recall is what we called the kind lady who visited us and inspected our scalps: “Nitty […]

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On the night-shift

November 2nd, 2010 · 3 Comments · illness, sleep

I have an important meeting this afternoon, so last night I obviously went to bed early on fluffed up pillows and slept the sleep of the just. Not on your nelly. I stayed up too late browsing twitter, mostly laughing at @sassiepiehole and working out if Stephen Fry was absent or deleted, before finally turning […]

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A polite request

August 19th, 2010 · 1 Comment · charity, health, illness

1. Head over to here to read a brief post that will explain why I’m asking you to… 2. …vote here. Daily. To cure a disease with just one click. (One vote per day per person is permitted.) Thank you.

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Operation complete

August 18th, 2010 · 4 Comments · health, hearing, illness, julien, medical, oliver, photo

Today, a mere17 months after first consulting a doctor regarding Oliver’s hearing, he underwent surgery to insert grommets in both ears. Oliver and I were up at 6.30am prompt and given that he wasn’t allowed any food or drink from the midnight just passed, it wasn’t too difficult for us to get ready and be […]

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Nothing’s gonna stop us now

June 4th, 2010 · 11 Comments · bike, biking, charity, Fatherhood Friday, hayley, health, illness, medical

Oliver and Lucy at the start, Mummy in background with bike and fellow riders. Being a Dad is not just about what we do ourselves, it is sometimes about supporting the rest of our family in what they want to do. And with that excuse, this Fatherhood Friday I am turning the spotlight on my […]

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Lucy – the updates

May 4th, 2010 · No Comments · bedtime, illness, lucy, medical, sleep

Thanks to everyone who has been asking how Lucy is after last week’s croup episode. The medicine they gave her in A&E seemed to see her through the worst as she slept quite well the next night – helped by the fact she was in our bed with Hayley – and after that she improved […]

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Truly scary

April 30th, 2010 · 5 Comments · asthma, croup, health, illness, lucy, medical, sleep

Last night I was busily updating Hayley’s business website when I heard Lucy cry out from her bedroom next door. I listened after the first cry to see if she would settle or wake. After the second cry I went in to her. Immediately I heard her coughing a very dry cough, but more alarmingly […]

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Big stuff (it’s all relative)

April 1st, 2010 · 5 Comments · asthma, diary, health, illness, lucy, medical, sleep, stockport

A few things have happened in the last day or so that you might class as “big” events, though as you’ll see, size is always relative. (Apologies: this is going to put detail ahead of readability.) Yesterday morning we got the news of which school Oliver will go to. You select your first three choices. […]

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Squeak Piggy Squeak?

October 7th, 2009 · 1 Comment · illness

Hayley doesn’t get ill much. And when she does she tends to battle on through it. So on Monday morning when she said she felt ill I was sympathetic but not very concerned. By Monday evening she felt worse. By Tuesday morning it was clear she had full-on flu and could not have her childminding […]

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